Nintendo Proves EarthBound Doesn’t Sell After Adding Game to eShop for 10 Minutes and Making No Sales

After months of complaining from gamers, Nintendo has finally decided to add EarthBound to the Wii U eShop only to pull it after ten minutes when no sales were made. They say this finally proves that the game can not sell in North America.


Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime commented on the situation to press today saying, “I love EarthBound and I love Mother 3. Unfortunately, we at Nintendo made the decision to stop selling Earthbound in the North American Wii U eShop due to the poor sales we received.”

“It’s a shame that we could not keep the game up longer than we could, but business is business,” he says, “I feel somewhat betrayed by some of our fans who said they would purchase Earthbound if we did sell it. It really was not our fault the game was pulled so quickly.”

“I was not in charge back when EarthBound was originally released but the team in charge of selling the game tried their best,” Fils-Aime explains, “I even looked at some of the old marketing material which said things like ‘this game stinks.’ It’s one of the most brilliant ad campaigns I’ve ever seen and if it couldn’t sell back then with that, there’s no way it could sell today.”

“So please understand why we had to pull EarthBound from the Wii U eShop,” says Fils-Aime, “Don’t worry about not seeing Ness, Pauline, Jeffrey and the rest of the EarthBound gang because they will probably make an appearance in the next Smash Brothers game.”

Shigesato Itoi, creator of the series, has commented about the situation on the Japanese Mother 2 revival community with a metaphor saying, “I’ve eaten sakura mochi from Toraya twice now this year. They’re neither too overpowering nor too understated. They’re truly delicious. The MOTHER 2 revival is tomorrow.”

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28 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    Well Earthbound fans, you have no one to blame but yourselves.

  2. Zup says:

    This is just like that time they released the English version of Mother 3 in a small hobby shop in Podunk, Carolina, and both copies sat on the shelf unsold.

  3. Mattholomew III, Esquire says:

    There are only two things I truly love: my dead gay son, and Earthbound.

  4. Merio says:

    See, they will make a small appearance in the new Smash Bros game.

    Stop complaining nerds, Reggie did all he could.

  5. LucasPSI says:

    Well if they didn’t tell us… OF COURSE NO ONE WOULD BUY IT! Dumbasses. >__>

  6. 1. Not many people use the eShop anyway.
    2. People aren’t going to buy something that was UNANNOUNCED in 10 MINUTES.
    3. If you release something that a lot of people want; fucking announce it.
    4. And not for only 10 minutes, ever thought not everyone had enough money at the time?

    My God, NoA is stupid.

  7. Joe says:

    People, this article must be fake. Seriously. I actually BOUGHT the game through eShop, how can they say not a single person bought the damm gayme? Now they need to do some ambassador shit and gimme free gaems. Thanks.

  8. Ten dollars for earthbound two? Hosted on a console with drm? Absurd. 15 dollars for all three games would be a fairer statement.

  9. Wallace says:

    “months of complaining”, “pull it after ten minutes”, ““I was not in charge back when EarthBound was originally released””, “‘this game stinks.’ It’s one of the most brilliant ad campaigns”, “Ness, Pauline, Jeffrey and the rest of the EarthBound gang”

    Just a few clips proving this article is bullshit

  10. Marche says:

    What exactly does that prove? That you are unfamiliar with the history of the Nintendo Corporation? Maybe you should have bought the game while they sold it if this article bothers you so much. You have nobody to blame but yourself.

  11. Wallace says:

    Im Just going to assume you’re the creator of this article, since i dont know what other idiot would defend this rumor. but if you want more proof, then why is it not on, Earthbound centeral, or any other site dedicated to earthbound? even sites like IGN would have this, but if you google “North American Earthbound release”, you’re gonna find old articles, because there hasn’t been any announcement for earthbound in north america, and they wouldnt release it without announcement

  12. Wallace says:

    You just cant please Sony fans. they just have to believe every negative thing said about Nintendo is true.

  13. Marcy says:

    This is unrealistic. Why would they put the game on VC and not announce it even though the fans have hassled them for years and then take it off after ten minutes?

  14. Blakout says:

    Lol its funny how people just gobble up the media.

  15. Thomas says:

    Outdated, Please remove posts that are no longer valid, EarthBound for VC comes later this year.

  16. Wait what?! says:

    I know this is way late but this article is utter bullshit. Noa would never release a game for ten minutes and then pull it off because no one bought it. That would be absolutely stupid business wise as well as not notifying the public that the game is out. This article is clearly fake and is written by some bitter nerd who hates nintendo for some reason.

  17. Clam says:

    They probably shouldn’t have made it free in those 10 minutes either.

  18. Come on! this has to be fake!

  19. Lol like who the heck wants a downloaded game! I have all the Mother games for my GBA-SP,DS etc! No way would I want a Stupid Downloaded game Nintendo! To me they should fire Reggie Fil Anima! This moron is doing a godawful job and all he thinks about is that stupid wish it never was brought to the US Pokemmon!!

  20. You Pokemon freaks don’t know what your missing with the Mother series! And now you can play it translated!

  21. Glenn says:

    I think this is a rumor considering I bought it yesterday plus 10 minutes? obviously this is bullshit

  22. Not your business says:

    Excuse me… But 10 minutes is not enough time.
    It is not people’s fault that the economy in the states is such a piece of shit.
    Yes, there ARE players who are always refilling their points to purchase games, but NOT EVERYONE IS JUST GONNA STOP WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GOTO GAMESTOP OR BEST BUY TO GET A POINTS CARD IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES.
    Are you that kind of idiot?